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Carlafibers
« on: April 17, 2009 12:23:08 PM »

Hello, I have another quilt to share with you all- this one was a joint project between my friend, who pieced and designed this quilt, and myself as the quilter.  It features Egyptian fabric and quilting motifs. 

Here is the center of the quilt before the quilting:



and pictures showing the quilting:


Here's part of the border where I quilted in Egyptian motifs and stylized feathers:


Quilters always love to show the back of the quilt, so here goes:


That's it!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing this quilt.  Thanks for looking!

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penguinade
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2009 12:41:27 PM »

I think that this is my favorite of yours so far.  I love the fans and Egyptian motifs that you quilted into the black and gold fabrics.  You might be convincing me to trade (on occasion) hand quilting for machine quilting.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2009 12:51:47 PM »

I love it! I love the colors and definitely the quilting. I like how you put the little symbols here and there. I like looking for the little surprises in a quilt.
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2009 12:57:35 PM »

AMAZING-as always! Cheesy
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Lody
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2009 01:06:39 PM »

I'm curious, how do you do this?  Do you "draw" the designs by hand by moving the fabric around in the sewing machine (I'm sure hoping you don't hand embroider that, omg. crazy), or do you design the quilting pattern and then a machine does it?  Is it some sort of gigantic machine? I want to know! XD Not that I plan to ever do it, but last time you posted one I was wondering the same thing each time I saw it.

Regardless of how it's done, looks wonderful. You could do it on two big pieces of plain old black fabric and it'd be just as gorgeous XD
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Carlafibers
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2009 01:39:11 PM »

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I'm curious, how do you do this?  Do you "draw" the designs by hand by moving the fabric around in the sewing machine (I'm sure hoping you don't hand embroider that, omg. crazy), or do you design the quilting pattern and then a machine does it?  Is it some sort of gigantic machine? I want to know! XD Not that I plan to ever do it, but last time you posted one I was wondering the same thing each time I saw it.

Thank you for your comments.  First off, here is a picture of the tool that I am using- an A1 quilting machine that is about 5 years old now:


The picture was taken during a studio remodel, so I have to say that it not that sparse now, nor that clean!  LOL  But it does give you an idea of what the machine looks like.  My machine is hand guided, which means I am using the machine to freehand draw on the quilt layers.  They do make computer operated quilting machines, but I do not have one.

The process I use to develop my quilting ideas can be varied.  Most of the time I take a photo of the quilt, import the image into photoshop, and using a notebook with a stylus, I draw right on the picture to design what I am going to do.   For this quilt, I did sketch out some stylized Egyptian motifs right on the quilt top using white inexpensive kiddie chalk as well.  If a quilt top is complicated, then I will print out my quilting design to use like a road map as I go.

I do teach quilting design in my little neck of the world at a quilt shop.  I've been asked to develop an online class and have a book in progress, though I am not here to get advertising.  I just like to create, like you all do, and find quilting to be just one of many mediums I work in.  I do enjoy the quilting process, so I hope it shows.

I first joint Craftster in "05," and like edgier outlook it has.  Btw, quilts I do for others are more traditional than my own work.  I am a freeform kind of person in my own work.  LOL   Anyway, I appreciate that you cared enough to ask about my tools and process.  Think of a longarm as a sewing machine on steroids!  LOL
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geek_goddess
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2009 02:21:51 PM »

That is just stunning, a work of art. The quilting pattern matches the blocks and theme so nicely.
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Lody
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2009 04:10:21 PM »

Wow! So you really do that by hand, all the swirls and... I'm amazed, I was thinking it was a computer program honestly! I wish I could draw freehand swirls that nicely on paper, forget fabric! That's awesome.  (and that machine is pretty impressive xD hugeness!)
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2009 06:07:56 PM »

Thanks for sharing the photos of your machine.  I always wonder how people do all of the machine quilting without getting lost.

Your quilt is stunning.  Excellent work.
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pertelot
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2009 07:53:28 AM »

beautiful! and i am also in awe of your machine, theyr so fun to use! one day...one day i will have one....
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